Well, head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t keep his job by going 8-8, that’s for sure. The Dallas Cowboys have been pushing and trying to get to that next level, but it’s been to no avail over the past few seasons. With that being said, Garrett is going into the final season of his contract, and many believe that the Cowboys need a big year for him to have any shot at returning. I’m one of those people.
Some have put up the argument that Garrett is one of “Jerry Jones’ Guys”, and while that is definitely true, another 8-8 season won’t get him a contract extension. It’s going to be tough for Garrett, with an interesting schedule and losing some key players to get past 8-8 though, and also to make it to the playoffs.
Sure, if the Cowboys manage to go 8-8, get into the playoffs, and make a run, then he’ll get an extension. I see that as being about the only way, though. Going 9-7 and missing the playoffs? He’ll be out of town. How about 10-6 and losing in the first round? I think he’s finished there too.
The only way that I see Garrett able to get an extension is if he ends up taking this team to the playoffs, and winning a game, while the next game is a close one (even if they lose). This isn’t going to be easy though, and the team is going to need to rely heavily on both Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray this season if they want to accomplish that.
Possibly the biggest question mark will be defense though, because if we see the defense give up the amount of yards that we saw last season, then the Cowboys are going to be in for a brutal year. I do believe that the defense will improve, but will it be enough for the Cowboys to get into the playoffs, win a game, and save Garrett’s job? Only time will tell.